HARTFORD, Conn. – Roman Catholic bishops have agreed to let hospital personnel give emergency contraception to all rape victims, reversing their decision days before a new state law requires it.
The church had fought the state law by arguing it would force Catholic medical personnel to perform chemical abortions because they may be providing emergency contraception to women who are ovulating. The Catholic hospitals wanted to first perform ovulation tests, but lawmakers did not include such tests in the legislation.
Another story gives more details:
But Catholic Bishops of Connecticut and leaders of the Catholic hospitals said in a joint statement Thursday that “since the teaching authority of the church has not definitively resolved this matter and since there is serious doubt about how Plan B pills work,” the hospitals will be allowed to provide Plan B to rape victims without first requiring ovulation tests.
“To administer Plan B without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act,” the statement reads.
I haven’t been able to find the whole statement and there is no new information on the Connecticut Catholic Conferences’ site other than older stories on why they have to fight this.
If the reporting is true I find this quite troubling. For one thing there is not serious doubt as to how Plan B works. Here is a graphic from the actual product label.
I also found "the teaching authority of the church" not definitively resolving this matter to be a bit of a red herring. The teaching authority of the Church already teaches that you can not kill an innocent human person under any circumstance. There is not going to be a deeper doctrinal understanding that will say that you can kill an innocent human person under some circumstances. There is not going to be a magisterial statement for all the ways doctors find to kill unborn children. Statements give us the principles on which to act on.
The main debate used by backers of Plan B is that it isn’t an abortion until implantation. Surely a fertilized egg is a conceived human being?
I guess the Connecticut Bishops can also rewrite the hunters code. We don’t need "when in doubt, don’t shoot." Hey even if there is doubt you can go ahead and blast away at what might be a deer or maybe a child. Whatever happened to erring on the side of life?
“To administer Plan B without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act.”
Now one thing not mentioned in many of the stories is that the current policy is to conduct a pregnancy test first before using Plan B and this will continue. Though these tests are not reliable at the earlier stages of conception. I would think a certain degree of certitude would be required before possibly a conceived human being is starved to death.
“If it becomes clear that Plan B pills would lead to an early chemical abortion in some instances, this matter would have to be reopened,” the statement said.
Well how about reading the label? Another question is if they think there is serious doubt that Plan B causes a chemical abortion then why even administer a pregnancy test? If there is doubt enought to require this test why not using more certain tests?
I also don’t understand why they have backed down on this since their earlier statements? There has been no scientific research that changes any of the ethical problems. None of the basic facts have changed, so why a change in outcome?
In other news on the Catholic front.
Administrators at the university’s Law Center reversed earlier this month a policy prohibiting funding for students at summer internships at organizations that promote abortion rights, after a widely publicized case in the spring which drew protest from hundreds of students.
Under the new policy, announced by Law Center Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff in a letter published in the Law Center’s student newspaper, the university will no longer consider the mission of each organization when determining grants provided by a student-run organization to students for summer internships.
So bankrolling a student working for Planned Parenthood to enable them to be an unpaid intern is about par for what passes as Catholic education.
Update: American Papist has more.